ISPS Extends Title Sponsorship of PGA Seniors Championship
By Community | March 5, 2013
Tokyo-based ISPS (International Sports Promotion Society) is set to continue its sponsorship of the prestigious PGA Seniors Championship – one of the leading tournaments on the European Senior Tour schedule.
The ISPS HANDA PGA Seniors Championship has an increased prize fund of £260, link 000 and will be staged between 6-9 June 2013, at De Vere Mottram Hall.
“ISPS HANDA is pleased to again be sponsoring such a prestigious tournament as the PGA Seniors Championship and we look forward to seeing it staged at a new venue at De Vere Mottram Hall,” said Dr Handa.
“’We are also delighted to continue the unique ISPS HANDA PGA Academy Programme in partnership with the PGA which has already made great strides in giving blind and disabled golfers greater access to specialised coaching from PGA professionals.
“ISPS HANDA’s support for golf is founded on our belief in the power of sport. Sport has a unique ability to create hope, to breakdown educational and cultural barriers and to inspire people in a way that very little else does. It brings people together and unites communities around the world. This is why we are extremely proud of the growing success of the ISPS HANDA PGA Academy Programme.”
Daniel Hodson, Director of Golf for De Vere, is looking forward to working with ISPS HANDA for a second year as the tournament moves to the Cheshire venue of Mottram Hall, which has recently benefited from a £6million pound refurbishment.
The action, which will feature a number of legends of the game, will be staged on Mottram Hall’s 7,006-yard par 72 championship course, designed by Dave Thomas.
The championship, which was first competed for in 1957 and is the only 72-hole event on the European Senior Tour outside of the majors, will also see the continuation of the ground-breaking ISPS HANDA PGA Academy Programme to train PGA professionals to coach blind and disabled golfers, which was an overwhelming success in 2012.
ISPS HANDA, founded by Japanese philanthropist Dr Haruhisa Handa in 2006, supports a significant number of golf tournaments and initiatives across the globe as a platform to enhance the playing opportunities for blind and disabled golfers, with the wider aim of it being included in the Paralympic Games.